6 tips to save and reduce your car’s fuel consumption [Pulse Contributor’s Opinion]
The rise in fuel prompted matatu owners to raise ticket prices, and the action devastated passengers.
Private motorists also deplore the rise in the price of fuel. Therefore, it is ideal for motorists to reduce their fuel consumption and save money by using the tips below recommended by auto experts and mechanics.
Driving your car less is the most efficient approach to reducing your fuel consumption. Only use your car when necessary.
Consider walking or even cycling if you need to move a short distance, like going to the store or taking your child to the bus stop. Not only will you save money, but you will also benefit from the workout.
Use the correct gear if your car has a manual gearbox (stick shift).
If you’re towing a lot of weight, lower a gear so your engine doesn’t have to work as hard as it should.
When traveling at higher speeds, be sure to use a higher gear. You have to be careful with your engine. You are wasting fuel if your engine seems too much or too little.
Reduce aggressive driving
Excessive speed, too sudden acceleration and too hasty stopping are all unwanted habits.
These three acts result in a significant increase in fuel consumption, according to auto mechanics. They advise motorists to slow down and keep at the same speed as traffic.
Leave enough distance between you and the person in front of you so that you can come to a complete stop without slamming the brakes. Where possible, slowing down smoothly and without braking can help improve your fuel mileage.
Check your tire pressure frequently
Your tires may be underinflated even if your tire pressure gauge is not flashing brightly, resulting in a loss of fuel efficiency.
Auto experts recommend checking tire pressure before starting your car for the day, as cold tires will provide the most accurate pressure reading.
If your tires seem underinflated, you’ve probably already waited until the last minute to fill them up.
Under-inflated tires reduce traction and increase the number of rotations your tires have to cover the same distance.
It is also said that over-inflating and under-inflating can negatively impact your fuel mileage, so be sure to fill your tires to the recommended PSI.
Close windows if possible
According to aerodynamic experts, the more aerodynamic your vehicle, the better its mileage.
Keeping your windows down while driving increases your vehicle’s resistance to wind and drag. It is generally fine to drive with the windows down if you are doing less than 35 mph.
However, it would be best to leave the windows open at higher speeds to reduce drag and improve fuel mileage.
Reduce the use of air conditioning
Did you know that using air conditioning in your car affects your fuel mileage?
According to automotive experts, using a vehicle’s air conditioning system uses more fuel than when the air conditioning is turned off. Of course, there will be occasions when the heat and humidity will force you to turn on the air conditioner.
However, use the air conditioner sparingly. Use low temperature air conditioning if you have to choose between keeping your windows down and using high speed air conditioning.
If you are able to use the train to get to work, take advantage. You will also have escaped the threat of fuel and traffic.
You might want to lose the convenience of your car a bit to save a few parts while you wait for the economic storm to end.
The above is an opinion piece submitted to Pulse Live Kenya for publication as part of the Pulse Contributors initiative.
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Njeri Kinuthia, a freelance writer with a passion for telling my stories about lifestyle, entertainment and current affairs. I have three years of experience writing articles and am an Ajira Digital beneficiary.
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